Not happy with my new macbook pro

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by beck, Mar 12, 2007.

  1. beck macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2006
    I say new its a refurb i got at the end of jannury. I had a mac mini and loved it, however this macbook pro isnt exactly stable :mad:

    frount row - often just quits, somtimes just freezes as well
    safari - somtimes it just craps out and all i get is the beachball for about 3 minutes or forever depends on the moon
    firefox- sometmes it wount let me type
    vlc - often quits for fun
    iphoto has been know to crash on me.
    azureus goes funny from time to time, but im blamming the program not the mac on that one

    are these problems common? do you think i need more ram? ive only got 1 gig, howabout when the new os x comes out? any opinions? I dont realy want to send back the mac as its alot of hastle

    any input would be intresting! thanks
  2. CEAbiscuit macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2006
    The Kitchen
    The gig of RAM should support what you are doing.

    Things don't sound normal, but nothing sounds "definable" as well. Aside from downloading all the latest updates, repairing permissions and the normal everday maintenence stuff (I'm assuming you are doing all that) not sure how to diagnose. If it's bothering you, unfortunately (or fortunately) it is under warantee and you can have apple give it the once over.
  3. CEAbiscuit macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2006
    The Kitchen
    quick ?.. did the MBP come with 1 gig of RAm or did you upgrade the ram yourself? Sometimes the RAM can be seating incorrectly, and that can cause general operating problems.
  4. MacAnkka macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2006
    If it really works a lot less reliably than a Mac Mini, there's most likely something wrong with it.

    It might be a software problem, so you should try to reinstall the OS X, imo. You would have to backup anything important on the MacBook, though.

    If it is a hardware prob, my guess would be bad RAM. Besides being badly seated, the RAM could be faulty. If you try reseating it, you could also try replacing it if you can. You might not be comfortable with that, though, so you might have to take it to the Apple store.
  5. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601


    Feb 10, 2004
    I think all the MBPs come w/ 1gb of RAM don't they? Still could be improperly seated or faulty memory module. In any case, have you called Apple or visited an Apple store with it yet?

    Good luck!
  6. Lancetx macrumors 68000


    Aug 11, 2003
    Something is definitely amiss. Try booting into the Apple Hardware Test that came on your system DVD and run the extended test. If it finds a problem with your memory or another component, contact Apple for warranty service. Just guessing, but it sounds like it might possibly be bad RAM causing those problems.
  7. CEAbiscuit macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2006
    The Kitchen
    They are still selling refurb MBPs with 512mb for 1300 or so:

    Refurbished MacBook Pro, 15-inch, 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo
    15.4-inch widescreen display (1440x900 resolution)
    512MB (single SODIMM) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM
    80GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard drive
    Slot-load SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 128MB GDDR3 memory
    Built-in iSight Camera
    Front Row and Apple Remote

    He said it was a refurb, so that's why I asked. Good chance it's the RAM...
  8. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040


    May 16, 2006
    Central Florida!

    I had 2 gigs of ram and still it happend to me....

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